forb

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek φορβή (phorbḗ, food), from φέρβω (phérbō, to feed)

Noun[edit]

forb (plural forbs)

  1. (chiefly ecology) Any non-woody flowering plant that is not a graminoid (a grass, sedge, or rush).
    • 2009, Mesaba Energy Project Environmental Impact Statement[1], 3.8-3:
      Common understory forbs included, but were not limited to, large-leaved aster, bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum), bluebead lily, species of clubmoss, Canada mayflower, and sweet coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus).

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